Ready for some radical honesty about your story? Listen in.
Hi, it’s Greg from Breakthrough Leadership and the No Head Trash Nation and today I want to talk about the single most important thing YOU can do to change your world… sound good? Well, before I go any further, let me clarify for just a minute.
You saw the title. You know what I’m talking about and the reactions are all over the board… I’ve talked to hundreds of people who want to write a book or tell their story – maybe it’s on your bucket list or you like the IDEA but have no idea where to start. That’s one of the things I do but before you start writing that heroic story of your life, let’s make sure it’s the story that will have the impact you’re hoping for… that is if you really want to change the world. … I learned this the hard way.
Let me give you a little background. Like you, I’ve been telling my story my entire life. Verbally at least, right? I’ve practiced it and sharpened, and it’s gotten better every single time. No problem, right? I’ll tell it to Anybody who will listen, hey we tell our story even if the person ISN’T LISTENING… We love our story. We love our take on life, we love our words, we love our perspective. OR… we hate it. Either way we are DYING for someone to hear it, to validate it, to validate US… and our story… our experiences.
But that’s not the story that will change your world.
See, the problem is I want to tell the story that puts me in the right light. Or I should say is consistent with what I believe about myself, about the world and my place in it. I want to tell the story where I’m the hero OR the victim of and I want to tell it MY WAY. I want my story to simultaneously open the eyes of the listener and establish my place as the one who made it happen. The problem is, that story is rarely able to get out of the starting gate. Oh… we tell it… but it doesn’t change our world because it’s encapsulated in the fakebook belief that people are inspired by heroes and we want to be that hero.
I’ve had a lot of success. I’ve had a lot of failure. If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that people believe my failure more than they believe my success. They relate to it. They see nuggets of truth in it when I’m sharing a story I don’t even want to share! But I’ve learned to share it anyway because when I share that story… the real story of my heart, my pain, my failure, my ongoing struggle to overcome the obstacles and the lies of Circumstances… I become real and relatable.
And, when I become a real person, I can help others embrace their real lives and work toward real results, overcoming circumstances instead of being crushed by their lies. My tribe hears my voice. I don’t have to have all the answers. I don’t have to be RIGHT or even be the hero. My story invites people on a journey and I’m willing to share what I know so they’ll do a better job than I did.
When I share my story with radical honesty, vulnerability, obsessive open-mindedness, a clear Definition of success and belief that circumstances are opportunities waiting to be explored, THEN… and only then… my story can change My World.
Yours can too.
Walk with me in the process of sharing your story, without the head trash. Not because it makes you look bullet proof, but because it is the honest evidence that (no matter how flawed and broken) connects you to your tribe and gives you a platform from which to Change Your World.
I want you to write your story and I know you want that too. It’s deep work and it will change you on the road to changing your world. If you’re interested in learning more about the structure support to get past the head-trash and finally write your story, I’d love to help.
Text Yates – that’s my name – YATES to 474747 to get my latest book, “Circumstances Lie” for free. Or email me email@example.com . I’d love to hear your story.
Remember, you were born to make a difference and your story is the key. Let’s do it together.